Carolina has been slightly better than average against opposing tight ends this season, holding them to 7.43 Fantasy points per game. The Panthers actually do a good job limiting tight end yardage, but struggle once teams get into the red zone. Tight ends have scored eight touchdowns against the Panthers. The team has only allowed 14 passing touchdowns all year, so that's a significant amount.
Even if it was a tough matchup, Fantasy owners aren't going to sit Graham. He may be coming off one of his worst games of the season, but Graham has been a Fantasy monster this year. Graham is also not affected as much by the team's home/road splits. He has four fewer touchdowns on the road, but has tallied more receptions and more yardage away from New Orleans. He continues to be a strong play regardless of matchup.
Tight end Ben Watson chipped in with two catches - matching far more prolific tight end
Those two facts were not mutually exclusive. The rare unproductive game from Graham proved costly in a 27-16 defeat. He didn't catch his first pass until three minutes remaining in the first half, then added only one more after intermission to finished with just two for 25 yards despite being targeted six times.
Graham will try to take out any frustrations he might have from Week 15 on Carolina next Sunday.
There are certain skill position players whose production has eliminated all concern about upcoming matchups.
Never mind that Week 15 foe St. Louis ranks third in the NFL against opposing players at his position. Graham is an equal opportunity destroyer. He leads all pass-catchers wtih 14 touchdowns and tops the list among tight ends with 74 catches for 1,046 yards. And when Drew Brees and the Saints are even sniffing the red zone, he is generally the primary target.
Graham has been held down - comparatively speaking - in the last two weeks with nine catches for 100 yards. But he also scored three touchdowns in those games, so there is really no stopping him. He sits atop the rankings produced by all three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers this week for a reason.
So just stick him in your lineups and watch the points add up. He could very well catapult your team into your league finals.
Graham crossed in front of linebacker Luke Kuechly for a 5-yard score right before halftime, then hauled in an 8-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Graham was targeted 11 times, second on the team.
Up to 1,040 receiving yards, Graham visits the Rams in Week 15.
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|2010||New Orleans Saints||15||5||31||356||11.5||52||5||3||1||21|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||16||11||99||1310||13.2||59||11||18||2||74|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||15||9||85||982||11.6||46||9||12||1||59|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||14||10||76||1071||14.1||56||14||17||4||55|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||15||5||1||3||3.0||3||0||0||1|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||16||11||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||15||9||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||14||10||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2010||New Orleans Saints||15||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||15||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||14||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2010||New Orleans Saints||15||1||0||0||1||0||20||1||0|
|2011||New Orleans Saints||16||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New Orleans Saints||15||1||0||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2013||New Orleans Saints||14||0||0||0||1||0||-2||1||0|